Wonderment and Fascism


Following up last week’s class, Latour seemed to be set on reinvigorating a sense of wonderment and awareness in our interactions with and studies of things.

I also wonder about fascism (which I believe came up in class before). Particularly, the strategy awakens scientists and observers to the complexity and connections within societies, but it also seems to spread out culpability (for instance with “man with gun”) in a way that could limit the ability to prosecute human intent alone. His discussion of politics, while appealingly empowering and democratic, in the closing pages didn’t address this for me (though he steered the conversation away from that anyway, I think). So, can things be fascist? If so, does that change the responsibility of humans?


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